Planning for Belfast's famous Rose Week at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park has been hit by the heatwave.
City Hall officials were meeting the company delivering marquees yesterday ahead of the July 16-22 event. “There’s been an awful lot of work to make sure the hot weather hasn’t been disruptive,” the council said.
“Some of the roses have come out a little earlier than expected so there’s a bit of effort on to make sure all the dead heads are removed, but we’re looking forward to a record-breaking week if this weather keeps up.
“Some of the events and attractions so far have been moved into shaded areas, but the past couple of weeks have seen five to six hundred people through the gates daily,” the spokesperson added.
“We’re delighted the grounds have been maintained to such a high standard and delighted to see so many people coming out to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
“Naturally though, as all gardeners would tell you, we’d love a little bit of rain.”